You as a parent will be counting the days when your child will take his/her first steps. Then before you know it he /she will be running, jumping and climbing- and your main challenge will be to keep up with them.

Remember every child is unique, so avoid comparing your child with another and do not label him/her.

Being clear and consistent in your parenting is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child.

Children learn mainly through personal experience, so hands-on learning is always a good idea.

Even an outgoing child will withdraw at times. Try not to compare your child to siblings or criticize them how they respond to a situation.

Being a parent may bring out a whole new side of you. Through your children you can rediscover a sense of fun and find new ways to relax.

Cuddle and praise your child whenever possible, you do not need to wait for a reason to be affectionate to your child.

There are many different ways of parenting, and it is important to remember that perfect parents and perfect children simply do not exist.

Children need a clear message so they know what is expected of them. This can only be achieved if both parents are in agreement.

Picture books help language development, reinforce memory, and stimulate the imagination. Your child will love to look at the same pictures again and again.

Love your child unconditionally. Love them for who they are, no matter what they do.

Respect your child's feelings at all times- treat your child as you want to be treated yourself.

While advice is useful, especially if you are a first-time parent, try to assess your child's needs yourself and be confident in the decisions you make.

Try to put yourself in your child's shoes and see the world from his/her viewpoint. This will help you to understand their behavior and why they sometimes get frustrated.

Energetic play is physically demanding, so it is great for tiring out your lively child, and it will strengthen their muscles and keep their bodies healthy.